Unions plan to strike against Canadian Pacific on Tuesday

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LAVAL, Quebec — Canadian Pacific operations in Canada could be disrupted as of Tuesday night after two unions issued a 72-hour notice of intent to strike.

The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers said they would strike as of 10 p.m. EDT Tuesday. In a statement issued Saturday announcing the decision, Teamsters Canada Rail Conference president Doug Finnson said, “CP is offering more of the same contract language that workers just voted to reject a few hours ago. The company clearly isn’t serious about reaching a negotiated settlement and delivering on their promise to do right by their employees.”

The two unions voted on Friday to reject the most recent CP contract offer, with 98.1 percent of the Teamsters voting against and 97 percent of the IBEW rejecting the offer. [See “Unions overwhelmingly reject CP contract offers,” Trains News Wire, May 25.] The unions were required to hold that vote following a government ruling that prevented an earlier strike which had been called in April.

“CP has continually changed directions during negotiations with little evidence that a settlement was ever possible,” Steve Martin, senior general chairman of IBEW System Council No. 11, said in the same statement. “We have given CP every reasonable opportunity to negotiate and avoid a strike, but sadly that has led us nowhere.”

Canadian Pacific’s statement issued after receiving the strike notice said, “CP will continue to meet with the TCRC and the IBEW in the hopes of reaching agreements that are in the best interests of the entire CP family, its customers, shareholders and the broader North American economy.

“CP has commenced its work stoppage contingency plan and will work closely with customers to ensure a smooth, efficient and safe wind down of operations.”

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